One of the most devastating types of train accidents occurs when there is a derailment. At Cavanagh Law Group in Chicago, we are dedicated to helping derailment victims obtain the compensation they need to put their lives back together. Our lawyers represent train passengers, pedestrians, and people in vehicles that are struck by trains. We also represent injured railroad workers in claims under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA).
A National Reputation for Railroad Accidents
Your choice of an attorney is important in a major accident case. Train derailment cases tend to be large in scale, and that means you want to work with attorneys who are experienced in handling major litigation. Our firm has obtained numerous multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements for train accident victims, including $55 million for victims of a railroad crossing accident. The verdict is a state record in Illinois for a railroad crossing collision case.
Contact our Chicago train derailment attorneys today for a free case evaluation and consultation.
Cook County Railroad Derailment Attorneys
Our lawyers will conduct an intensive fact-driven investigation to determine how the derailment happened and who was responsible. Train derailments can have a variety of causes:
- Collisions with other trains, vehicles, or large animals
- Misaligned railroad tracks
- Washouts occurring due to heavy rainfall
- Excessive train speed
- Poor handling in tight curves
- Uneven loading
- Wheel failures
- Manufacturing defects in tracks
- Poor maintenance of tracks
Some of our sample train derailment accident settlements include:
- Kuk v. Metra
Settlement: $1,800,000 — On Sunday, October 12, 2003, Kathryn Kuk, Steven Kuk and Megan Kuk were passengers on a Metra train that was transporting passengers from Chicago to Joliet, Illinois. As the Metra train approached the intersection of Federal Street and 47th Street in Chicago, the train's engineer missed a red stop light. The train derailed at a speed of 68 mph, where the maximum speed was 10 mph. As a result of the derailment, Kathryn Kuk sustained an aggravation of a pre-existing spinal cord condition, Grade II Spondylolisthesis. Kathryn required two fusion surgeries and also had a permanent spinal cord pain stimulator implanted. Steven and Megan sustained minor injuries and were treated and released.
On August 13, 2012, Cavanagh Law Group partners, Tim Cavanagh and Matt Rundio, went to trial in front of Judge Michael Panter in the Circuit Court of Cook County. While Metra admitted liability it contested the nature and extent of Kathryn Kuk's injuries. After a jury was selected, Kuk's attorneys presented numerous doctors who testified about Kathryn's injuries, surgeries and pre-existing condition. On the fifth day of trial the parties settled for $1.8 million.
Free Consultation — You Will Not Be Charged a Fee Unless You Receive Compensation.
Our lawyers take all cases on a contingency basis. This means you pay nothing unless we win your case. Contact Cavanagh Law Group today at 312-425-1900 or by email.